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‘Don’t make green zones a casualty’

Depleting green cover in the city is a cause of concern and the state should take every possible effort to protect it for a cleaner, greener and better tomorrow.

mumbai Updated: Feb 25, 2011 01:56 IST
HT Correspondent

Depleting green cover in the city is a cause of concern and the state should take every possible effort to protect it for a cleaner, greener and better tomorrow.

While hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking demolition of illegal construction in a village in Kalyan, the Bombay high court on Thursday said, “Green zones should not be made a casualty. They need to be preserved.”

The division bench of justice PB Majmudar and justice Amjad Sayed has asked the district collector to review under-construction sites, and the gram panchayat and zilla parishad to co-operate with the collector.

The court has also directed the collector to take necessary action in accordance with law, if construction was found to be illegal.

Till the time the collector takes decision, the high court has continued stay on further illegal construction.

The PIL was filed by Sanjay Parekar and 14 other villagers alleging that as many as 25 buildings were being constructed in their village Khadawali, which is a green zone and has been declared an agricultural land.

The PIL alleged that some members of the gram panchayat, who in connivance with the developers, had granted permission for construction against the law.

To this, justice Majmudar said: “If politicians are involved, what can we do? We pass orders which are not implemented.” The court had earlier stayed all construction activities in the village. Priti Walimbe, advocate for the villagers, said that when they had filed the petition last year, 25 buildings were under construction.

“Now the collector’s report states that 45 building are under construction in the village,” she said.

Dinyar Madon, counsel for one of the developers, said they had all the required permission for construction. Seeking vacation of the stay order, he argued: “We have all the necessary permissions and the stay order was obtained behind our back.”